The development of these Guidelines arose from an objective of The National Cycling Strategy 1999-2004, “to identify data requirements and report comparable state and territory data about cycling to provide a national perspective”.
The Guidelines provide a framework for the reporting of comparable state and territory cycling data. The Australian Bicycle Council undertook responsibility for the development of this framework with funding provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care. On behalf of the ABC, VicRoads, through the Bicycle Programs section was responsible for the management of the project. Steer Davies Gleave developed the guidelines which were released in 2000.
The Guidelines recommend reporting on 19 items of base cycling data and 30 cycling indicators. The indicators are derived by normalising the base data against either population characteristics or bicycle network characteristics. Base data and indicators have been selected based on outputs and outcomes. For example, the length of bicycle network is an output and the number of kilometres cycled is an outcome.